Royal Gunpowder Mills

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Set in 170 acres of natural parkland and boasting 20 buildings of major historic importance, the site mixes fascinating history, exciting science and beautiful surroundings to produce a magical day out for all the family. Established in the 17th century and acquired by the Crown in 1787, the Royal Gunpowder Mills has a very important place in both the history of Great Britain and of its home town of Waltham Abbey.

Venue Type:

Science centre, Museum

Opening hours

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Admission charges

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  • English Heritage
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a photograph showing he contents of a 1940s shop

1940s Exhibition

  • 1 January 0200 — 1 January 2020 *on now

Explore war-time life with reconstructions from the 1940s. Experience the sights and sounds as you step inside an Anderson air-raid shelter, peek into a war-time kitchen, and toy shop, and browse in a 1940s general store.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
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Dr Gores Spooky Mad Lab

Dr Gore's Spooky Mad Lab

  • 21 — 29 October 2017

Things are starting to get spooky at the Royal Gunpowder Mills as Dr Gore moves in to creep up the Mad Lab with great Half Term Horrors October 21st - October 29th
In a week full of ghoulish and ghastly activities - Dr Gore and team have some great creations up their sleeves which they want you to try! Discover all things green and gooey at the Slime Station, find your inner wizard and help make colourful potions for secret purpose.
There’s opportunity to design and make in the “Spooky Spinks” where you can make your very own miniature broomstick and design a witches hat - plus get in the Halloween mood in our dress up area and take a selfie at our Spooky Selfie Station.
Only for the bravest of them all is the the Ghoulish Night Vision Experience, things get creepy in the dark - will you find enough clues to make in the dark to make it out before the ghouls are unleashed!
The Royal Gunpowder Mills is an all day , all weather venue. Children of all ages can enjoy our great activities designed to get them thinking and learning! Also included in the price of your ticket are our exhibitions , theatre and acclaimed Armoury plus great play space.
Dr Gore’s Spooky Mad Lab takes place DAILY between October 21st and October 29. Tickets start at £8.50 for children and there’s also some great family ticket deals to choose from. Doors open at 10am. Last Entry 3pm.
Keep up to date with this fantastic event , follow us on social media we’re @gunpowdermils on Twitter , Facebook and Instagram or visit our website

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 7-10
  • 5-6
  • 11-13


£10.50 - Adults
£9.00 - Concessions
£8.50 - Children


Royal Gunpowder Mills
Beaulieu Drive
Waltham Abbey



General enquiries



01992 707370


01992 707372

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